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In line with our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with cost effective, flexible and high quality services, Herts for Learning are continually introducing new services and initiatives that support the changing needs of schools.
Supporting our schools to enable them to recruit high quality teachers is a top priority for Herts for Learning. As a result, we have developed a range of support to help our schools which won the School Recruitment Award at the 2016 Eduction Business Awards.
If you want to benefit from the Teach in Herts Service and advertise your jobs through our well established and recently improved website please contact: Anne Taylor, Head of School Recruitment Services, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National research has repeatedly demonstrated that parents and carers are the most influential factor in the long-term academic success of their children. Recent research in Hertfordshire identified that strong partnerships between schools and parents is a key factor in raising attainment for pupils across all phases. In response to this we have developed an innovative new programme for parents and carers called Parent2Parent®.
Parent2Parent® is aimed at helping parents and carers to improve the learning experience at home by embedding key teaching and learning behaviours.
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Many schools have invested in iPads as learning tools but have found that they can benefit from support for some teachers in maximising their use. This new technology also needs some servicing from time to time. Members of our Schools' IT team have gained specific Apple qualifications as Apple Distinguished Educators and have now started to offer both training in gaining most use from tablets for teachers and back-up technical support. HfL has also invested in iPads for use on training of both teachers and parents; they are particularly useful for eSafety training where the reality of the subject can be immediately demonstrated.
Following shareholder feedback, HfL has established a new range of services to support with the increased responsibility placed on leaders to run the business aspects of their schools. The School Business Management Services can enable schools to access expertise through SBM consultants who can be deployed for regular days per week or to support on specific projects such as a school management review or an administration review.
In addition, we can support schools with recruiting their own business manager or working with other schools to recruit a cluster SBM. We also offer a range of training and development opportunities for existing and aspiring business managers. For more information:
HfL has developed training and resources to support all aspects of the new national curriculum changes from strategic oversight to classroom delivery. The PA Plus subscription package, contains material focused on the primary national curriculum and provides new approaches to mid-term planning. The resources are available to schools via a web subscription service, which enables all staff within a school to download the materials applicable to their teaching role from the Herts for Learning website.
HfL’s online resources for secondary English, the Virtual English Office, is also available via a web subscription service. It contains a range of materials to support teaching and learning in secondary English and English Literature, as well as documents and links to support leadership and management of English. The first year of the service focuses primarily on a GCSE starter package, aimed at providing schools with key schemes and resources to manage the transition to teaching and resourcing of the new GCSEs.
The purpose of this service is to provide in-depth training in understanding performance data for school governors, senior leadership teams, middle leaders and teachers to identify key improvement priorities for the school. Schools are then supported to develop a plan to make the necessary improvements. The package is currently being trialled in one primary and one secondary school and initial feedback is very positive.
Our Exchanging Excellence™ programme is our framework for wider exchange of best practice. Our first project using our Exchanging Excellence™ framework has been the Closing Gaps project which has gathered and synthesised best practice in use of the pupil premium to improve outcomes for those pupils and to help to close gaps between their achievements and that of other pupils.
The project has brought together both local and national best practice from a wide variety of schools in different circumstances, providing us all with ideas for improvement. It encompasses and has added to the work already taking place including the primary RANGe project, which is operating in areas where gaps are particularly wide. HfL is now sharing and promoting best practice through case studies published at the link below:
With the publication of the new Programmes of Study for KS2, it was clear that schools wanted more support in shaping their language curriculum and so Herts for Learning has devised the Primary Languages Quality Mark™.
The Primary Languages Quality Mark™ (PLQM) is designed to help primary schools audit, embed and evaluate their foreign language provision through a series of incremental stages that have been developed with the new curriculum for primary languages in mind. It will guide schools towards best practice and help them meet the new national requirements as set out in the Programme of Study for KS2. The current OFSTED Subject-Specific Criteria for Languages have also been taken into account in the level descriptors for the Quality Mark. For more information:
There has never been a more demanding time to be a headteacher or a senior leader in school. We recognise this and our Coaching Service is designed to support colleagues committed to developing and sustaining their performance. Having an executive coach is a well established practice in industry, now it can be available to you and members of your team in school.
Through Herts for Learning’s Coaching Service, headteachers and aspiring senior leaders within schools can contract the services of an accredited coach. All coaches are certified to at least ILM Level 5.
To find out more about any of these innovative services and other new prodcucts and developments please contact us on 01438 845111 or email email@example.com